Parupalli Kashyap: Saina Nehwal is India’s best bet for Olympic medal

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Parupalli Kashyap (left) and Lee Chong Wei play for Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). (photo: AFP)

New Delhi: The 2014 Commonwealth Games men’s singles champion Parupalli Kashyap of India said India’s World No. 5 women’s shuttler Saina Nehwal is the country’s best bet to clinch a meal at the Rio Olympics.Parupalli Kashyap (left) and Lee Chong Wei play for Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). (photo: AFP)

“Considering Saina’s ranking and her recent performance, she has a high chance of winning a medal in Rio.”

Kashyap was also excited about Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri who became the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Rio Olympics. However, Kashyap remained conservative on the pair’s endeavor in Rio.

“I would not say that Manu and Sumit are contenders for a medal because the men’s doubles competition is extremely competitive.”

Kashyap, whose Olympic qualification dream was shattered after suffering knee injury during the German Open in March.

“Unfortunately the timing of the injury was not good. Had the injury happened two months before, I’d be in excellent condition now and probably able to play in Rio,” said Kashyap.

Kashyap, who is still recovering from the injury he sustained four months ago, told reporters that he will be back in competition around September.

“I’ll probably enter the Indonesia GPG tournament but I ‘m not sure about my participation in the next two Super Series events because my ranking has dropped as I have not played for last couple of months,” added Kashyap.

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